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Do You Need a Dental Filling?

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When you develop tooth decay, Dr. Isaac Qureshi at Smiles of Elgin Dental Care removes the decayed part of the tooth and uses restorative material to fill it in. This is called a dental filling. Some people are unclear of what this means and ask Dr. Isaac Qureshi “Do I Need a dental filling?” If a person find out that they have a cavity. A dental filling preserves the function and integrity of your tooth while protecting it against further decay. Below are the two most common types of dental fillings:

Silver Amalgam: This type of filling contains a combination of copper, mercury, silver, tin, and zinc with mercury making up about 50 percent of the mixture. It has been available for many years and remains the most popular. Although silver amalgam fillings can last for a lifetime, some patients don’t like the way they look in their mouth. Rarely, mercury fillings have come loose and caused an infection.
Ceramic Fillings: Many people prefer ceramic fillings because they blend in well with the natural tooth color and are more aesthetically pleasing. Other benefits of ceramic fillings are durability and resistance to staining. Since these types of fillings are somewhat bulky, Dr. Isaac Qureshi may need to remove some of your tooth enamel to ensure that they fit properly.
Fillings made of gold or glass are also a possibility, but they are not as common due to the cost of materials and difficulty of placing them in the mouth.

Schedule an Appointment to Learn More About Your Dental Filling Options

Dr. Isaac Qureshi always discusses your options for filling material before he fills in a cavity. It’s important to him that you understand the advantages and disadvantages of each type so you can make an informed choice. We have found that patients at Smiles of Elgin Dental Care are increasingly turning to composite fillings because they blend in so seamlessly. You don’t have to worry about others seeing a mouth full of metal when you smile or speak. Others are perfectly fine with the traditional types of dental fillings. Whatever your choice is, we are happy to honor it.

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    Thinking to Get Dental Implants

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    As much as possible if  every one would want to control on to the health of every tooth in the mouth, it is not possible to do that. Every person can lose his tooth or teeth for a count of reasons, and when he does, a replacement is in order. The teeth hold very important functions in the mouth and when they are lost, these things are highly compromised. First is aesthetics, a person loses the right to smile that his overlook is majorly altered. Second is speech, because there are certain sounds that are produced with the contact of the upper and lower teeth or the front teeth and the tongue. Third is masticatory function, because the teeth allow a person to cut through and grind food to be able take it into his system. Fourth is facial integrity, because the teeth hold the person’s bite and its absence results to the collapse and the loss of facial integrity.

    When a person loses his teeth it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to replace it, and dentists have long resolved edentulism through removable dentures and dental crowns. Nowadays, however, the loss of a tooth or a few teeth can already be resolved through dental implants. An implant, often made of titanium metal, appears as a screw. It is embedded within the jaw bone to replace the roots of a tooth so that they may be installed with a crown. In terms of cost,dental implants are so much more expensive than removable dentures and crowns, but covering such cost proves a good investment because of the following reasons:

    – Due to the stability afforded by osseointergration, the prosthesis is more retentive and more functional so replacing lost teeth better than any other type of prosthetic. When the titanium metal has completely fused with the bone, the strength of the implant on the bone is increased, mimicking the functionality and strength of the natural tooth. This increases efficiency of the masticatory function; improving one’s dining experience and capacity to obtain proper nourishment for the body.

    – When the implants are embedded in the bone, it replaces the roots of the natural teeth and above it, a crown can be installed. With proper planning and tissue preparation, the emergence profile of the crowns can be properly set so that you achieve superb aesthetic results that best mimics the true appearance of the natural teeth in the mouth.

    – Since the dental implants support the crown on its own, there is no need to utilize a healthy tooth to hold the crown or bridge. This properly preserves tooth and the health of the mouth because you replace tooth without compromising health. Also, it is ideal even for distal free end cases, where the space is at the most posterior portion of the jaw.

    – In the case of removable dentures that are no longer retained properly in the mouth because of low bone support, the dental implants can offer some retention to improve the functionality of the dentures. Implants can be placed at areas where sufficient bone is left so that it can properly support the loose prosthesis.

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      How To Take Good Care Of Your Dental Implants

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      implantsSince our teeth serve as a very important aesthetic function, cosmetic dentistry has become quite important for the practice. Dentists can recommend cosmetic dental treatments such as dental implants to their patients who has broken or missing teeth. Teeth implants can also be prescribed to patients who have other concerns like teeth stains, discoloration, malpositions and rotations.

      There are various restorative choices for teeth restorations and replacements. There are removable prosthetic devices such as dentures, dental crowns and bridges. However, dental implants specifically guarantee a long-term replacement for teeth.

      Benefits of Implants

      Implants are the most in demand treatment next to dental restorations because of the efficiency and convenience. Remember that a dental implant is a replica of the tooth’s root made of materials that are biocompatible. An implant is designed to copy your teeth’s natural feeling and is fully functional and prevents further tooth decay or trauma to your mouth.

      Dental implants and their benefits:

      • Prevents periodontal disease
      • Promotes good oral health
      • Encourages healthy living like quitting smoking
      • Helps you commit to healthy habits by having a good oral hygiene and a routine trip to your dentist

      Maintenance

      Taking good care of your dental implant is important for your oral health. With proper care and a frequent visit to your dentist, your dental implant will last for a long time.

      Here are a few tips to consider:

      • Brush and floss thoroughly the area where your teeth implants are
      • Rinse your mouth with a mouthwash
      • Schedule thrice a year visit to your dentist
      • Avoid toothpaste that contains abrasive ingredients like baking soda as it can remove the glaze on your implants

      Dental implants are the most recommended option compared to removable prosthetic devices. Implants encourages good oral health and a healthy lifestyle. Dental implants can last a lifetime so follow your dentist’s instructions and keep your regular dental appointments.

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        What Happens During Oral Surgery

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        signs of bruxism

        It’s common to feel slightly anxious when you learn that you need oral surgery. In most cases, people feel nervous because they don’t know what to expect or they imagine the procedure will be painful.

        At Smiles of Elgin, your comfort is our priority. Whether you’re having a tooth extracted, an oral tumor removed, dental implants installed, or another procedure, you can depend on the expert knowledge of your oral surgeon. You will know exactly what is happening and be provided with ongoing pain relief appropriate to your procedure.

        Qualifications of an Oral Surgeon

        An oral surgeon is one of the most highly trained and skilled of the dental specialists. Four to six additional years of specialized training in oral surgery is required after completing four years of dental school. This advanced training consists of learning how to diagnose and treat disorders of the craniomaxillofacial complex. The American Dental Association recognizes oral surgery as one of nine dental specialties.

        Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery

        Extraction of wisdom teeth is one of the most common types of oral surgery. Not everyone gets wisdom teeth, but those who do usually have them attempt to erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. It’s common to get all four wisdom teeth, although some people only have less. Wisdom teeth present a problem for most people because there isn’t enough room at the back of the jaw for them to come through properly. That means they must be removed.

        When wisdom teeth get trapped in the jaw due to lack of space, they can damage other teeth, cause an infection, or even cause a tumor to develop. Your oral surgeon first determines the degree of impaction and then begins to plan for your wisdom teeth extraction surgery. We provide you with aftercare instructions once the surgery is complete so you can heal quickly at home.

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          4 Reasons Why You Should Take Bruxism Seriously

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          signs of bruxism

          Bruxism is also known as night grinding and it is the involuntary clenching and grinding of teeth, often experienced during sleep. It is most often observed at night, but can also be a daytime problem.

          The causes of bruxism are unknown, but many believe that it is related to stress, sleep disorders, effect of lifestyle, drugs, anxiety, depression and other psychological issues. It is involuntary, so it cannot be controlled; and often the signs of bruxism are not so noticeable at early stages, so it is not easily detected unless you have a companion that points out your awful habit.

          Some people do not take bruxism seriously. Teeth grinding does not seem so ominous compared to the other conditions, so it is easy for them to dismiss it. Ignoring the signs and symptoms of teeth grinding, however, is not a smart thing to do.

          The destruction and damage that the teeth and jaw can endure from a long history of grinding can be quite serious, so it is essential that you deal with it as soon as possible. Here are some reasons why:

          It destroys tooth structure

          Teeth grinding or bruxism causes irreversible damage to the teeth. Due to the constancy and intensity of the clenching activity, tooth structure can be abraded. The best sign of night grinding is the appearance of a flattened occlusal surface. The cusps will be gone, and the biting surfaces will be worn out, so that ample tooth structure is destroyed.

          It exposes the pulp tissues

          The pulp is the inner tissue that is encased by the hard tissues of the teeth and it has a direct connection to the nerves. Due to the clenching habit, tooth structure will be destroyed, exposing vital tissues and rendering the tooth more sensitive. When the pulp tissue is exposed, the tooth will be more sensitive, causing much discomfort to the patient.

          It causes tempormandibular joint disorders

          The temporomandibular joint is the jaw point that permits the movement of the lower jaw to open and close the mouth, as well as various other movements. At health, the bite or the complete set of teeth stabilizes the temporomandibular joint, so that function is efficient. The constant activity not only wears the TMJ, causing problems; but when tooth structure is destroyed and the bite is uneven, the joints endure most of the real damage.

          It causes facial asymmetry

          Unfortunately, whatever it is that is going on inside may produce signs outside. In other words, the collapse on one’s bite will bring about changes to the facial muscles, so that the patient’s face will appear uneven. Facial asymmetry is one of the severe consequences of prolonged night grinding. Apart from that, the further collapse of the bite will affect the skin on one’s face, so that it appears saggy, wrinkly and old.

          There are so many things that you cannot simply take at face value. There are some conditions that do not seem ominous at first glance, but are more serious than you think. To better understand what is really happening, you will need to seek a dental expert.

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            How to Maintain Family Dental Care and Wellness

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            Dental care is not only important for beauty, it is crucial for your overall wellness as well.

            Everyone in a household, from children to adults, must follow some primary rules of oral care so that their teeth remain in a balanced situation. For example, brushing the teeth at least twice daily is a must for every family member. Those who neglect this rule will eventually face the consequences later in their lives.

            Each member of the family should know that dental care is not just about the teeth but keeping the entire mouth in a balanced oral care. Using a mouth rinse, flossing, and a regular visit to the family dentist for check-up are essential for maintaining oral wellness.

            Treatments for Restoring Damaged Teeth

            For broken or damaged teeth, the best way to restore them is to get cosmetic dental treatments like porcelain dental veneers and crowns. If missing some teeth, then dental bridges can be the best treatment for filling in the gap. However, if there is malocclusion or misalignment of the teeth it is best to seek orthodontic treatment to prevent tooth decay and TMJ.

            For teeth with stains or discolorations, teeth whitening is the most recommended for this, however, porcelain veneers can also cover up the teeth stains. Teeth whitening can already be performed inside the house if your dentist recommends a home whitening solution.

            If a family member has several missing teeth or no teeth at all, the dentures or dental implants are recommended. Dentures are convenient in that it can easily be removed and cleaned, while dental implants are perfect for those who want a stable, fixed, and long-lasting option for missing teeth.

            There are several dental treatments for issues regarding the teeth and gums. However, it is still wise to keep a good management of dental hygiene to prevent having to go for treatment. Keeping dental check-ups with the family dentist and maintaining good oral hygiene routine is still the best dental home care every family can achieve.

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